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Virginia (VA)

Sports gambling became legal in Virginia in April 2020, and there are currently numerous online betting sites and mobile apps to choose from. However, retail sports gambling is still unavailable, as casinos are only starting to set up their operations in the Old Dominion very recently.

But all in all, VA residents can bet on various available sports on these online gambling platforms, just as long as they are within the state's territories. However, Virginia's gambling law prevents anyone from betting on college sports.

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Online Sports Betting in Virginia

Thanks to legislators ratifying the relevant bills back in April 2020, bettors can now legally engage in online sports betting activities in the state of Virginia. By January 2021, the Virginia Lottery started granting licenses to online sports gambling companies, and today, those who wish to wager on sports can register and place their bets on various websites and mobile apps owned by licensed operators in the state.

Indeed, the state's lottery regulating body governs these companies' operations. In addition, it grants permits to those who pass the stringent sports betting permit application process. The same organization is thus responsible for drafting the state's sports gambling regulations.

Before online betting became legal, these kinds of establishments did not exist in VA. The state only gave the go-ahead to these casinos to operate when the state's voters approved the construction of casinos in Norfolk, Danville, Portsmouth, and Bristol in November 2020. However, the Virginia Lottery organization announced that these new casinos would not receive their licenses before April 2022. With this announcement, bettors can only expect the retail casinos to open their doors around 2023.

Currently, several tribes are already constructing their casinos in these cities, and for example, the Pamunkey Indian Tribe is building the HeadWaters Resort and Casino in Norfolk. The state permitted other casinos, including the Hard Rock Casino Bristol, the Caesars in Danville, and the Rivers Casino Portsmouth. The companies are still in the process of constructing these facilities, with a target of completion by 2023.

Sports Betting Legislation in VA

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May 2018. After this change, Virginia quickly became one of the states to take the following steps toward sports betting legalization. Before this, bettors in the state could only legally bet in horse racing events as there were no retail sportsbooks or casinos anywhere in the state.

VA legislators filed the initial draft of the sports gambling bill in November 2018. The bill contains the most currently approved provisions, such as the license fee amount and the prohibition on college sports betting. However, the original bill limits the sportsbook operators to just five. However, the state’s lawmakers further revised the bill to include other provisions, such as a range of 4-12 licenses to be granted at any one time, with a ceiling of 17 in total.

In April 2020, the state legislators eventually passed the final version of the two bills (SB 384 and HB 896 bills). Indeed, these bills will make it legal for both online and retail sports wagering to happen in the state. The Virginia Lottery eventually started granting licenses to online sports betting operators in January 2021.

Restrictions

The state allows only wagers aged 21 years to place their bets on VA online sports betting sites and mobile apps. Players must also ensure they access the online gambling platforms within the state’s territory.

Indeed, the state does not allow specific individuals connected to various sports betting entities to engage in wagering activities. These individuals include the Virginia lottery employees and people affiliated with permit holders, coaches, athletes, and others who might have a conflict of interest concern.

In addition, the state’s sports betting bill also does not allow bettors to place their wagers on collegiate and youth sports leagues.

Licensing and Taxes

Sportsbook operators who want to establish online sports betting business in Virginia can apply for a license in the state by applying for a three-year permit. Indeed, they need to pay the $250,000 application fee, which is non-refundable. On top of this, they are obliged to pay $250,000 once their application is approved.

The state also requires those already holding licenses to renew their permits every three years and pay a non-refundable renewal charge of $200,000. On top of that, the sports betting bill imposes a 15% tax based on the sports gambling operator’s adjusted gross revenue.

How profitable has sports betting been for Virginia?

Since sports betting launched in Virginia back in 2020, the state has surpassed over eight billion dollars in handle and is approaching the billion-dollar mark for revenue as well. We'll take a look at their monthly figures for handle, revenue, and tax income for the state here.

  • November 2023:

    • Sports betting handle: $638.8m

    • Revenue: $43m

    • Tax income for the state: $5.5m

  • October 2023: Handle: $571.3m, Revenue: $63.9m, Tax Income: $8.5m

  • September 2023: Handle: $520.3m, Revenue: $54.1m, Tax Income: $7m

  • August 2023: Handle: $319, Revenue: $27.5m, Tax Income: $4.2m

  • July 2023: Handle: $293.6m, Revenue: $32.5m, Tax Income: $4.1m

  • June 2023: Handle: $325.5m, Revenue: $32.7m, Tax Income: $3.9m

  • May 2023: Handle: $403.7m, Revenue: $48.1m, Tax Income: $6.2m

  • April 2023: Handle: $425.9m, Revenue: $45.1m, Tax Income: $5.7m

  • March 2023: Handle: $511.6m, Revenue: $55.2m, Tax Income: $7.4m

  • February 2023: Handle: $433.8m, Revenue: $39.8m, Tax Income: $4.7m

  • January 2023: Handle: $513.1m, Revenue: $42.1m, Tax Income: $6.3m

2022

  • December 2022: Handle: $503m, Revenue: $50.6m, Tax Income: $7m

  • November 2022: Handle: $518.8m, Revenue: $57.5m, Tax Income: $7.7m

  • October 2022: Handle: $528m, Revenue: $51.1m, Tax Income: $6.9m

  • September 2022: Handle: $411.2m, Revenue: $53.8m, Tax Income: $7.2m

  • August 2022: Handle: $284.6m, Revenue: $31.4m, Tax Income: $4.4m

  • July 2022: Handle: $266m, Revenue: $26m, Tax Income: $3m

  • June 2022: Handle: $295.2m, Revenue: $25.9m, Tax Income: $1.8m

  • May 2022: Handle: $351.4m, Revenue: $42.5m, Tax Income: $3.8m

  • April 2022: Handle: $399.4m, Revenue: $36.2m, Tax Income: $3m

  • March 2022: Handle: $469.4m, Revenue: $33.7m, Tax Income: $2.1m

  • February 2022: Handle: $401.8m, Revenue: $27.4m, Tax Income: $1.4m

  • January 2022: Handle: $485.4m, Revenue: $39m, Tax Income: $2.8m

What is legal to bet on in VA?

Bettors in Virginia can place their wagers on all popular sporting events, such as basketball, soccer, boxing, golf, hockey, and more. Indeed, players can choose notable US leagues and the related sporting season events for teams such as the NBA, NFL, MLB, and others, along with esports, fantasy games, off-track horse racing, and other game formats.

To add to that, sports betting operators offer in-play and live betting events on their websites and apps.

In short, bettors have a wide selection of VA mobile betting activities available. However, as we said earlier, the state of Virginia allows only those aged 21 and older to engage in all sports gambling activities. But if you are just old enough, you have endless betting options available via these online wagering platforms.

Meanwhile, those who want to place their online sports bets within the state must ensure that they do so only through authorized in-state sports betting operators and their partners.

Virginia Sports betting at casinos

Currently, no casinos offer in-person retail sports betting in Virginia. Voters just recently approved their operation in Danville, Bristol, Norfolk, and Portsmouth in November 2020, and the Virginia Lottery decided they would not grant these casino permits before April 2022.

While waiting for the permits, several tribes and companies are already building their casinos. For instance, the construction of the HeadWaters Resort and Casino in Norfolk is already underway. Other casinos on track to be given permits are the Hard Rock Casino Bristol, the Rivers Casino Portsmouth, and the Caesars in Danville. The operators are expecting to get these casinos to be operational by 2023.

Meanwhile, some of them have erected temporary gaming facilities to meet the needs of their customers. Currently, the selection of online sportsbooks is broader, as there are still no retail casino sportsbooks that operate in the state. There are 11 licensed sports betting operators in the state, with around four more coming in May.

Gambling news and updates from Virginia

  • June 29, 2023: Starting Saturday, July 1st, the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Advisory Committee will officially begin taking action. The nine-person committee is set to complete multiple tasks, including educating gamblers on responsible gaming.

  • March 20, 2023: Betr Sportsbook has officially received a license in the state of Virginia and has also announced they will be offering more wagering options than just micro-betting.

  • March 1, 2023: The bill that would allow the opening of the Petersburg Casino to open in the state was not touched in Senate.

  • February 6, 2023: BetFred and Bet365 Sportsbooks are now live in the state of VA, bringing the total number of sportsbooks offered in the state up to 15.

  • February 1, 2023: Two bills whose purpose is to lower promotional deductions for in-state sportsbooks have been advanced through their respective committees. SB 1142 and HB 2022 will now proceed to the next step in becoming a bill.

Virginia (VA) - Some commonly asked questions (FAQ):

Is sports betting legal in Virginia?

Yes, sports betting is legal in VA since the legislators already passed two bills in April 2020 that allow online sports gambling within the state’s borders. So far, the Virginia Lottery has already granted licenses to 13 online sportsbooks.

What sportsbook apps are there available in VA?

The Virginia Lottery has already granted licenses to 15 online sports betting operators and these active sportsbooks include some of the biggest names in the US gambling market. All in all the VA residents thus have plenty of betting apps to choose from.

How does online sports betting work in Virginia?

To access the VA online sports betting app, first-time users have to sign-up by inputting basic personal details. They can then fund their accounts by depositing real money in order to place bets. Signing up is possible only within the state’s borders.

Who regulates sports betting in VA?

Virginia Lottery is the regulating body that oversees sports betting activities in the state. The organization already started granting permits in January 2021 to various operators since the state approved two sports betting bills in April 2020.

What sports can I bet on in Virginia?

Gamblers can access various popular sports when engaging in online betting activities in Virginia. Some of these include baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey and esports. However, VA doesn’t allow betting on collegiate or youth-oriented sports.

Can I sign up for multiple sports betting apps in VA?

There are no laws that prohibit eligible bettors from signing up in multiple mobile betting apps. Signing up for multiple sports gambling sites is a strategy many bettors use in order to claim the maximum amount of bonuses and free bets.